NEW YORK, April 29, 2015 — Distinguished social scientist Charles Murray will receive the third Edmund Burke Award for Service to Culture and Society at The New Criterion’s gala tonight in New York City. The event benefits The New Criterion, an influential monthly review of the arts and intellectual life, and the award, which was first presented to Dr. Henry Kissinger in 2012, gives homage to the inspiration provided by Edmund Burke, the eighteenth-century political philosopher.

Charles Murray will be the guest of honor and will be delivering remarks on "Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission."

“For more than three decades, Murray has brought to his writing a visceral appreciation of the fiduciary bond that links past and future,” remarked Roger Kimball, the Editor and Publisher of The New Criterion. “Not only does his work exhibit a refreshing freedom from cant and an inspiring allergy to the protean and seductive intoxications of sentimentality, it is also instinct with a deep humanity and unwavering commitment to the intractable realities that make human flourishing possible.”

Murray’s groundbreaking scholarship, beginning with Losing Ground in 1984 and encompassing influential, provocative works such as The Bell Curve (1994), Real Education (2008), and Coming Apart (2012), has revolutionized our thinking about a wide range of hitherto intractable social problems: from welfare policy and meaningful education reform to the perquisites of individual liberty, the blight of statist overreach, and the conditions for lasting cultural achievement.

About The New Criterion

The New Criterion ( is a New York-based monthly literary magazine and journal of artistic and cultural criticism, edited by Roger Kimball. It was founded in 1982 by Hilton Kramer, former art critic for The New York Times who passed away in March 2012, and Samuel Lipman, a pianist and music critic. The New Criterion draws inspiration and its name from The Criterion, a British literary magazine edited by T. S. Eliot from 1922 to 1939. For over three decades, it has featured criticism of poetry, theatre, art, music, the media, and books from America's leading commentators.

Since its inception, the magazine has been home to many of the smartest minds in cultural journalism including Donald Kagan, Henry Kissinger, Mark Steyn, Andrew Roberts, Theodore Dalrymple, Joseph Epstein, Denis Donoghue, William F. Buckley Jr., Andrew C. McCarthy, and Charles Murray.

The Times Literary Supplement has said "The New Criterion is probably more consistently worth reading than any other magazine in English." The Wall Street Journal has said "it operates as a refuge for a civilizing element in short supply in contemporary America: honest criticism" and calls The New Criterion "the best art magazine and a provocative force in other cultural areas."



Christine Emba
The New Criterion